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PIA National's District Lobbying Day — Aug. 19
PIA National's annual District Lobbying Day is Aug. 19. August is when
Congress is on vacation and when your congressional delegation goes home to meet
with constituents and to do other business. The annual DLD is when PIA members schedule meetings with members of their
congressional delegation to lobby for insurance. PIA prefers the meeting to happen on
Aug. 19, however, any day in August will work.
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Meet Shiela Strubel — PIA Western Alliance director of marketing
Shiela Strubel is the new director of marketing for the
PIA Western Alliance. She will coordinate and manage
marketing, print and email campaigns, brand, website
and social media management and sponsorship
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- Storage Facilities (All Lines)
– Aggressive rates and enhanced coverages, plus discounts for association members.
- Restaurants with Delivery (WC) – Single to multi-location/multi-state restaurants are eligible with monthly self reporting plus additional payment plans
- Insurance Agents (E&O) – Comprehensive coverage with varying limits and deductible options for P&C, L&H, MGAs, Wholesalers and more. Many optional coverages available.
- Building Operations (WC) -Direct WC carrier access with low minimum premiums for building operations by owners and contractors.
- Real Estate Owned (REO Property & Liability) - Industry-leading technology to help agencies with financial institutions (regional and community banks) and large investors who service and/or invest in mortgage, vehicle and collateral based loans
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Brokers and the ACA: Some like it, others do not
Aflac recently surveyed brokers about the
Affordable Care Act. In its study titled the
2014 Aflac WorkForces Report for
Brokers, Aflac found brokers are either redefining their roles in the health care
landscape or they're bagging it entirely.
The wind down: 2 insurers answer the big 'if'
AIG and Prudential Financial are two insurers that have been
deemed systemically risky to the entire U.S. economy by the
Dodd-Frank Act created Financial Stability Oversight Council. As part of the designation, both insurers presented plans to the FSOC that will be shared
with the U.S Treasury and the Federal Reserve on how they'll unwind if they get into the
kind of financial trouble AIG got into just before the Great Recession and before the
federal government bailed it out to the tune of $189 billion.
Cybersecurity 1: Montana health department hacked
We're just now learning about this. Some are
asking the obvious questions: Why did the
attack happen and how did the hackers
manage to get through? Why did it take so long for the hacking of the Montana
Department of Public Health and Human Services to become public knowledge? Last July, the department said personal information of 1.3 million
people was hacked. What's ironic is the state only has a population of around 1 million.
Cybersecurity 2: Health care providers warned by FBI
We're halfway through 2014 and the U.S.
has experienced 368 data breaches. The
latest is from Montana's Department of
Public Health and Human Services. It just recently discovered that their system experienced a hacking almost a year ago in July. The attack affects 1.3
million people in a state with a population of just 1 million.
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Cybersecurity 3: ID theft rising, consumers angry and growing angrier
The Identity Theft Resource Center said we're
half way through 2014 and so far we've seen
368 data breaches. That's up 19 percent from last
year during the same time period. The number
of personal records compromised? Try more
than 10 million.
Conning: Demographic changes and personal lines
Conning has a new study on the nation's
demographics and how changes in those
demographics are changing the face of
personal lines insurance sales. The study is done every year and is titled Personal
Lines Consumer Markets Annual.
P&C profits fall in 1Q
The first-quarter results have
been analyzed by the ISO and the
Property Casualty Insurers
Association of America. While
quarter one wasn't a total disaster, it did show a weakening hard market if, indeed,
it really ever was a hard market.
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Most HealthCare.gov inconsistencies unresolved
There were a lot of inconsistencies in the
enrollment of people on HealthCare.gov.
That's because the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid's system was not fully
And, it still may not be.
The industry: What does an average agent make?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently
came out with a list of 820 U.S. occupations
and their average wages for 2013. Some of the
information on the list is surprising. But some of it is
not. It is, however, a fascinating look at U.S.
salaries. Here are some numbers from the top
to the bottom and a couple in the middle.
Using postcards to generate calls and referrals
By Jeffrey Dobkin
A letter is the best marketing tool. In a letter, you have time and space to sell, sell, sell. You can explain benefits and features. You can show facts and figures. But a letter is a lot of work and expense: printing, folding, including a brochure to add a harder sell and credibility, envelope, mail shop services for inserting, postage, affixing postage, imaging name and address. Lots of handling. Postcards, on the other hand, can be effective and are certainly less work. Postcards enjoy high readership because once the recipient picks it up and is ready to toss it out — hey, she's read it!
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